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George Will on President Obama’s Record of Persuasion

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President Barack Obama was thought of by liberal commentators as "The Great Communicator" and "Communicator-in-Chief" during his 2008 campaign, as he pitched himself as the "post-partisan" politician.

"He believes he's a game-changer, but I don't believe the game has changed," said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole to the Washington Post in January 2008. "It's captivating. It's intoxicating, but it's not going to last."

On ABC's This Week nearly four years later, George Will read the riot act in regards to President Obama's "astonishing faith in his persuasive powers" refuted by repeated communication failures throughout his first term.

In addition to condensing the video, Mediate has transcribed Will's intense rant:

“He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown. Scott Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who’s now the governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who’s now governor. He campaigned for the health care plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics. Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has rhetorical powers he is relying on.”

Following Will's burn on Obama's rhetorical powers, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss said of the current President of the United States, commonly referred to as the leader of the free world, "I think it's not in him to be a fighter."

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